Here are just a few recent product recalls as announced by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. For the most up-to-date recall information, please visit www.cpsc.gov and click on the Recalls tab from the home page.
Name of Product: Ice/Hot and Ice Gel Packs
Hazard: If the packs become damaged, they can leak gel that could contain diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol, which can cause illness if ingested in large amounts.
Incidents/Injuries: There have been no new reports of incidents or injuries.
Description: The recalled products are Cryofreeze ice/hot packs and Arctic Zone ice packs. The packs are gel-filled plastic pouches with either transparent or opaque sealed wrappers. They are used to keep food hot or cold. The gel packs were sold separately and with a variety of lunch boxes, coolers, and thermal carriers. Six gel pack styles are being recalled:
- Cryofreeze ice/hot packs - small (6"x5.5") and large (8.5"x8") sizes. Both have opaque blue wrappers with the words Cryofreeze, Ice/Hot Pack, Non-toxic, and Reusable printed on the front.
- Cryofreeze transparent cell ice/hot packs - 3-cell with blue gel (7.85"x5.5"); 3-cell with blue gel (7.6"x3"); 2-cell with blue gel (5"x3"). Each has a transparent wrapper with the words Cryofreeze, Ice Pack/Hot Pack, Non-toxic, and Reusable printed on the front.
- Arctice Zone ice pack - 6.25"x4" - with an opaque blue wrapper. The Arctic Zone logo and a picture of an iceberg appear on the front of the wrapper along with the words Ice, Personal Ice Pack, and Non-Toxic Leak Proof Gel.
Sold by: Mass merchandise and warehouse stores, other retailers, distributors and on-line sellers nationwide between July 2007 and December 2008 in items that retailed between $5 and $28. Selected packs are associated with lunch boxes and food carriers previously recalled in January 2012.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the gel packs and dispose of them according to federal, state and/or local regulations. It is recommended that consumers contact their local waste disposal authority for instructions. Consumers can contact California Innovations to receive a $6 cash refund for large (8.5"x8") Cryofreeze gel packs or a $5 cash refund for all other gel packs.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, call California Innovations at 800.722.2545 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm ET Monday through Friday, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the firm's website at www.californiainnovations.com.
Name of Product: Evenflo Convertible High Chairs
Hazard: The activity tray on the high chair can unexpectedly detach and allow an unrestrained child to fall, posing a risk of injury to the child.
Incidents/Injuries: Evenflo has received 18 reports of trays that detached, including eight reports of children who fell from the high chair and sustained bumps and bruises.
Description: This recall involves Evenflo high chairs that convert from a high chair to a toddler-size table and chair. The convertible high chair can be identified by the model names and numbers listed below. Model numbers are located on a label on the lower portion of one of the high chair's legs.
Model name/numbers impacted: Dottie Lime/29111259; Dottie Rose/29111271; Marianna/29111234
Sold by: Toys R Us and Walmart stores nationwide and online at Walmart.com and Wayfair.com between December 2011 and June 2012 for about $40.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers with recalled high chairs should immediately contact Evenflo for a replacement tray with installation and use instructions.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact Evenflo at 800.233.5921 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at safety.evenflo.com.